The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
When Starr Carter was 12 years old, her parents gave her two talks. From her mom, she learned about the birds and the bees. From her dad, she learned what to do if a cop stopped her. Khalil must have gotten that talk too. But for some reason, when he and Starr are pulled over and he’s pulled out and patted down, he breaks one of the rules. It’s not smart to move while a cop has his back to you. Khalil opens the door to ask Starr if she’s okay, and takes three bullets in his back. Suddenly, Starr finds herself in the center of a controversy that threatens to rip her community apart. All she wants is to be left alone to grieve. Already walking the line between two worlds—her poor, black neighborhood and the mostly-white, privileged private school she attends—Starr finds balancing her two selves to be an even harder challenge. How can she stay quiet when her white friends call Khalil a gangbanger and say he got what he deserved? How can she speak out and put herself and her family at even greater risk?
This book takes a hard look at the harsh realities of racial inequity, intolerance, and police brutality, and pulls no punches. There is hatred, but there is also hope. There is prejudice, but there is also pride. Highly recommended for readers in high school and up.
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